Author Talk: Wild Geese Sorrow

Jeffrey Thomas Leong
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Winner of the 2019 Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation for Wild Geese Sorrow:The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island (2018), Jeffrey Thomas Leong will give a reading at the Chinatown/Him Mark Lai Library Branch at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 21st. He will read from both his latest two books: Wild Geese Sorrow:The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island (2018) and Writ (2019).

Poet and writer Jeffrey Thomas Leong was born in southern California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned both his BA and JD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and his MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  It was his experience as an activist participant in the 1969 TWLF student strike which inspired and led him to help found the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley.  He began his working career as a high school ESL teacher, then worked as a public health administrator and attorney for the City of San Francisco for over twenty years.

His writing is focused on the Asian American experience including adoption, multiracial families, and student activism during the 1960s.  His poetry and prose have appeared in many publications including Crab Orchard, Cimarron Review, Bamboo Ridge, Hyphen, Cha, Spillway, Eleven Eleven and Poetry Flash. His most recent publications are Wild Geese Sorrow:The Chinese Wall Inscriptions of Angel Island (2018), a collection of translations of poetry from the Angel Island Immigration Station and Writ (2019), a collection of poetry detailing the lives and experiences of the Angel Island detainees.

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